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On the water

 

Treat yourself to a bit of time off along its main rivers (Lot : 480Km, Truyère: 180Km, Célé: 101Km).
Not forgetting the big lakes where you can now do all sorts of watersports!
Just a stroll, for a weekend or why not for a week: The choice of cruises is endless! As well as of boats, of barges and canoe come to that.
If you’re looking for that tranquil trip, welcome on board a passenger boat! Or plump for the tame adventure of a house boat, you won’t need a licence and you’ll be able to whatever you want!

River cruises : it's magic on the Lot

- Explore Cahors the medieval city along the river starting from Pont Valentré.

- From the port of Bouziès, a splendid cruise which makes its way along the towpath and flirts with the cliffs as you admire Saint Cirq-Lapopie on its rocky piton.

More information on http://www.baboumarine.com , http://www.bateau-cahors.com and http://www.lot-navigation.com or on Le Boat website

Between vineyards and châteaux, discovery cruises lasting 1h30 and tasting cruises which last 3h30 and stop for some wine tasting between locks.

Navigate in silence in Aveyron

In Aveyron, at Flagnac, thanks to the power of electric propulsion, you can navigate in silence and discover the beautiful scenery while enjoying a gourmet lunch.

There are two options: 

Cruise with lunch, which lasts 3 hours, navigating on the Lot and passing 2 locks, (one of them, Marcenac, is more than 5m deep!) and enjoying a delicious gastronomic lunch while observing fauna, flora and the lock mechanisms. Guided visit. 

Cruise only: a cruise of around 2 hours, passing through the Marcenac lock and the meanders of the river Lot, under the beautiful Chateau de Gironde! Guided visit.

From the boat, enjoy the view of Château de Gironde, the village of Flagnac and many other beautiful sceneries.

Address: Le Port de Lacombe, 12300 Flagnac, France

Website: http://www.tourisme-valleedulot.fr/nos-croisieres-sur-le-lot.html

 

Canoeing on the Lot and Célé

A canoeing holiday is the best way to explore every bend of this beautiful waterway and it needn’t be as wet as it sounds!

Hire a canoe from Asvolt in the lovely riverside town of Viellevie or Entraygues www.asvolt.com (Aveyron and Cantal), Discover the Célé Valley with the Canoeing guide to the Lot and the Célé (Editions du Breil, available in Tourist Offices).

Week-end break idea : Nature and Canoeing week-end in the Lot Valley (with 2 half days of canoeing and visits to historical locations such as Conques, Estaing, ... )

 

Out of the ordinary !

- Fancy a bit of hydroplaning!  It’s what you get when combine a pedalo boat with a flying saucer. You really must give it a go!
at Castelmoron-sur-Lot (Lot-et-Garonne)

Visit http://www.nautilius.fr

- Floating chalet On the Sarrans lake (Aveyron) : Weekend or unusual cruise, at the heart of nature, moored at the Peninsula of Laussac (boating license not required)

Contact +33 5 65 66 44 57

- Board on a cruise on the first solar powered boat : since April 2011, the first solar boat has been offering cruises on the river Lot! Why not book a cruise aboard this extraordinary solar-powered boat, designed exclusively for cruising on the river and find out more about the flora and fauna, the surrounding villages, farms and chateaux of Lot-et-Garonne that line the itinerary, while enjoying the gastronomic on-board meals.

3 different cruises are offered : Week (6 days/ 5 nights), Mini-weeks (3 days/ 3nights) and Week-ends (2 days/ 2 nights) - All dates and itineraries on the French website http://www.naviratous2.com

 

And Fishing too!

It doesn’t matter what sort of angler you are (beginner or competition level), or where you’re used to doing your angling (river or lake), you’re in the Mecca of trout fishing, carps and other fresh water fishes and even migrators.

From fly fishing to fishing with a lure, and sports fishing to “live « or “practice» fishing, there’s something for everyone. They’ve even devised a night trip for seasoned carpists!

Information : fishing in Lozere , fishing in the Lotfishing in Aveyron , fishing in Lot-et-Garonne , fishing in Cantal

 

The Lakes of the Lot Valley

Sarrans lake (Aveyron)

A lake made for pioneering : dammed lake on the course of the Truyère, situated on the course of the Truyère and at the foothills of the Aubrac plateau. With a surface area of 1000 ha and a max depth of 300 feet, they are plenty of spaces for fishing, but 2/3 of the banks are steep and difficult to access making the use of a boat necessary. Very few tourists and the lake can be used for night fishing all year round across its whole surface.

It seems that the best time to fish is in the spring when the fish migrate towards the cooler zones mainly situated upstream

Pareloup Lake (Aveyron)

Dammed lake situated on the Lévézou plateau at over 2600 feet altitude with a max depth 150 feet and a surface area 1240 ha.
The lake is frequented by pleasure boat users and tourists in the summer. Easy access to certain zones but difficult or impossible in places (private property)

Subject to very strong winds as situated on a plateau , navigation with care is advised , it is used for night fishing all year round across its whole surface.
Big density of carps which have an average weight of 7 kg and the biggest reach 25 kg
Large population of bream and large roach. 

 
 
 

Navigation on the river

At the moment, the river Lot is navigable for 72 km in Lot-et-Garonne from Saint-Vite, just downstream from Fumel, to Aiguillon, where the Lot meets the Garonne.

More information on the navigable parts and its ports in Lot-et-Garonne on French-waterways.com

In the Lot département, the river Lot traces its course through a 75 km navigable stretch, considered as one of the most beautiful in France.  The Lot is officially navigable over this stretch from 1st April to 15th November (maximum period).

You can also navigate on the river Célé : it is navigable for 84 km from 230m to 125 m above sea level where it joins the river Lot.

In the future 280kms of the river Lot will be navigable.

 

Be green in Penne d'Agenais

If you want to use eco-friendly transports during your holidays, why not visiting the Eco Mobile Water recreation area in Penne d'Agenais.

Open from 1st April to 31st October, you can rent electric boats, electric karts (Gliss Speed) and also electric bicycles or cars. 

An electric shuttle is also operating from the port to the medieval village of Penne d'Agenais.

 
 
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